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Suspected thieves in custody after crime spree

Some bikes recovered by police

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This past long weekend the RCMP received several complaints related to break-ins to parking garages in the village and Benchlands area as well as break-ins to vehicles and storage lockers. Bikes appear to be the main target but other items were stolen as well.

The RCMP were on alert for suspicious activity and at 4 a.m. on July 5 they noticed a suspicious vehicle driving down Northlands Boulevard with two occupants, and another person pushing a bike down the road. The police arrested the three individuals, including a 42-year-old male from Vancouver, a 30-year-old female from Vancouver and a 30-year-old male from Delta in relation to their ongoing investigation over stolen property. The suspects were found in possession of bikes that were believed to have been stolen and may have been caught on surveillance footage from a hotel that was broken into.

More than a dozen thefts were reported to Whistler police over a few days.

On June 30 at 8:27 a.m., the RCMP received a report from a business in the Benchlands that thieves stole a computer and digital card printer sometime over the previous evening. It's unknown how they entered the building, but once inside they cut the security gate to gain access to the office area.

On July 1 at 7:45 a.m., the RCMP received a call regarding a construction trailer that had been broken into in the Rainbow subdivision. The thief or thieves cut the lock and took a compressor, skill saw, generator, pressure washer and chainsaw, valued at roughly $6,000 in total.

Also that morning the police received a report from the 4600-block of Blackcomb Way regarding a break-in overnight. According to the report, the thief or thieves pried open the door of the parking garage, and then removed a rack and bike from the back of a truck. The rack was found on the site, but it was missing a Red Norco A-Line bike. The police couldn't say what the bike is worth, but the model retails for $4,000.

They received another call from yet another hotel in the Benchlands that morning, with the thief or thieves gaining entry into the parkade by pulling apart the security fence. A vehicle had been broken into, but the owner had already left by the time the police arrived and it's unknown if anything was taken.

At 11:43 a.m. that morning the police received word of two thefts from vehicles in a residential complex on Blackcomb Way, with windows smashed in to gain entry. Some CDs and a cigarette lighter were taken from one vehicle and two passports from the other. It's believed that the thieves asked the parking area through the gate, as the key mechanism was damaged.

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